SWAAC Graduate Student Award of Merit

SWAAC Graduate Student Award of Merit (currently not available)

Award Overview

Student Submission Deadline: not available for the 2019-2020 academic year
Value/Duration: $3,000.00 for one year
Level of Study: Master’s or doctoral
Required Legal Status: Domestic or international
Results: March 2019 by agency

The Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC) organization was founded in 1987 and aims to promote female leadership in Canadian universities, colleges and technical institutes by supporting the development and enhancement of leadership skills. U of T is permitted to forward one nominee to the regional competition.

For 2019, five awards of $3,000.00 each will be provided to female graduate students studying in Ontario who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the university or general community while maintaining exemplary academic records.  Profiles on last year’s recipients can be found on SWAAC’s website.

Eligibility to Apply
Due to the highly competitive nature of this competition, applicants must:

  • Be female graduate students pursuing a master’s or doctoral program at the time of application;
  • Demonstrate a grade point average of at least “A” (i.e. 85%, 3.85/4.00) in both their undergraduate and graduate program – no exceptions; and
  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership in the university or general community, including but not limited to such things as:
    • Executive positions in student organizations
    • Participation on committees (student committees and university committees)
    • Organization of special events, conferences, etc.
    • Involvement in advocacy groups
    • Involvement in volunteer organizations, within the campus setting and/or in the general community

Application Process
Applicants must submit their application to their graduate unit by the unit’s internal deadline. A completed application will consist of the following documents (no other supporting documentation will be accepted):

  1. Biographical information (in narrative form, 1-2 pages), describing:
    • Former and current studies
    • Areas of interest (both within and outside the university), ambitions
    • Research, publications
    • Awards held
    • Community and/or volunteer work
  1. C.V. (no page restriction)
  2. Transcripts from all universities attended (official transcripts not required)
    • Photocopies must be certified
  1. Three (3) letters of reference sent by the referees directly to the graduate unit (letters must be signed and clearly state the name and contact information of the referee)
    • At least one letter must attest to the applicant’s outstanding academic achievements
    • At least one letter must attest to the applicant’s outstanding leadership in the university or general community

Please Note: Documentation sent directly (by the applicant, unit or referee) to SWAAC will not be considered. Applications that are incomplete, ineligible or are submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

SGS will notify all nominees of the results of the University competition in January. Decisions regarding the regional competition will be announced by SWAAC in March.

Contacts & Resources
Visit SWAAC’s website for further information.

Please direct questions regarding this competition to:
Tara Lock
Graduate Awards Officer (Internal)
School of Graduate Studies